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Public Safety

August 29, 2019, 2pm PDT
A list of all the ways cities and infrastructure are designed for men, and at the expense of women.
Streetsblog USA
May 14, 2019, 2pm PDT
Pedestrian fatalities are rising, and one city council candidate has had enough.
Cincinnati Enquirer
May 9, 2019, 6am PDT
Violent crime is at the lowest rate in decades, but don't tell that to the people who use neighborhood-based apps like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Neighbors.
Vox
April 27, 2019, 5am PDT
June Williamson explains the necessary components of the next generation of the suburban retrofitting project, and why these actions are so necessary.
Redesigning Cities via YouTube
March 7, 2019, 6am PST
The automated decision-making processes of self-driving cars are ill equipped to protect that safety of people of color in public.
Vox
Feature
February 27, 2019, 5am PST
Jane Jacobs used vague terms to describe the number of stores necessary for a safe and vibrant streetscape. Here, author Fanis Grammenos attempts to discover a more specific number to attach to this prescription.
Fanis Grammenos
January 17, 2019, 12pm PST
A new study of transit use in Los Angeles finds safety concerns are keeping women off of public transit.
Streetsblog USA
November 14, 2018, 8am PST
The gender gap in walking and biking is deep and wide in Seattle. Here's a call to action.
Crosscut
September 4, 2018, 1pm PDT
As the Dallas City Council prepares to vote this month on a general fund budget, the future of bike lanes is not looking good.
The Dallas Morning News
September 1, 2018, 11am PDT
In California, agencies are working to redefine enforcement and safety procedures as the number of homeless individuals who seek refuge in vulnerable open or wild landscapes continue to increase.
The Planning Report
Feature
July 2, 2018, 5am PDT
Evidence described here suggests that urban design for "eyes on the street" is not enough to lower crime.
Fanis Grammenos
May 18, 2018, 11am PDT
Shipping coal from Utah to export to Asia through a new cargo facility in Oakland, California took a significant step forward on May 15 with a strongly worded ruling condemning the adequacy of the city of Oakland's environmental analysis.
KQED: California Report
Feature
April 9, 2018, 5am PDT
The mantra “eyes on the street" focuses on the physical and functional traits of urban fabric but fails to explain the high crime rate of my Jacobsian neighbourhood. Time to reconsider, look for explanations, and exchange mantras for research.
Fanis Grammenos
January 7, 2018, 9am PST
Imagine all the people, driving safely and courteously.
The New York Times
January 2, 2018, 5am PST
In Mexico, one popular app illustrates the feasibility and efficacy of women-only transportation models.
CityLab
December 6, 2017, 10am PST
The Trump Administration has been defending the interests of the truck industry against regulations proposed during the Obama Administration.
NPR via KPCC
Blog post
November 29, 2017, 6am PST
The Grenfell Tower Fire in London took the lives of 71 people, and investigators are still searching for lessons from the tragedy. American planners shouldn't neglect these lessons, either.
Kayla Matthews
November 22, 2017, 10am PST
The DART Board of Directors has ordered the expansion of police and security patrols at transit stations in Dallas, while also considering investments in new surveillance technology on light rail lines.
DART Daily
Feature
November 15, 2017, 7am PST
Autonomous vehicles could provide life-saving assistance in the event of a large-scale evacuation, if a shared fleet of autonomous vehicles is built with this purpose in mind.
Michael R. Boswell, William Riggs
November 10, 2017, 2pm PST
The size of fire trucks frustrates advocates on many sides of the public safety debate. The San Francisco Fire Department sought a solution.
SF.Streetsblog